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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:39 AM
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In an Election Year, GOP Wary of Following Bush - WaPo
In an Election Year, GOP Wary of Following Bush

By Peter Baker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 10, 2006; A06



When President Bush and senior adviser Karl Rove mapped out plans for a political comeback in 2006, this was nowhere on the script. Suddenly, the collapse of a port-management deal neither even knew about a month ago has devastated the White House and raised questions about its ability to lead even fellow Republicans.

The bipartisan uprising in Congress in the face of a veto threat represented a singular defeat for Bush, who when it came to national security grew accustomed during his first five years in office to leading as he chose and having loyal lawmakers fall in line. Now, with his poll numbers in a political ditch, the port debacle has contributed to a perception of weakness that has liberated Republicans who once would never have dared cross Bush.

"He has no political capital," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster. "Slowly but surely it's been unraveling. There's been a direct correlation between the trajectory of his approval numbers and the -- I don't want to call it disloyalty -- the independence on the part of the Republicans in Congress."

The port deal has troubled Republicans not just on the substance of the issue but also on the president's handling of it. The White House failed to anticipate the frenzy that would be touched off by the prospect of an Arab company managing U.S. ports, and many Republicans believe that Bush exacerbated the situation with a rash veto threat.

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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:56 AM
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1. But watch things go back to normal after the election - if the repubs
stay in power.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:58 AM
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2. Rove will have to manufacture
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 07:00 AM by BOSSHOG
more crises that will allow republicans running for office to run away from bush. How totally sad and pathetic. To win an election, they must distance themselves from their leader.
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